#1
Hey everyone, i've been playing guitar for about a year now and i currently only own a cheap Behringer.
I'm going to have a lot of spare time over summer and i wanted to do a project with either a fellow guitarist friend of mine or my grandfather who has his own workshop in his garage likes to do carpenty.

Just wondering what building an electric guitar would entail? I know just the emotional reward of a project would be amazing.

Would i need an professional to help me or would do-it yourself guides work? Do i need any specialist equipment when routing out the body? And what sort of cost? I would have a budget of up to 800 pounds. Would it be better just to buy a guitar or could i construct one that would last me a long time realistically? I'm not a hardcore player, but i like to jam everday just practicing.

Any comments would be warmly recieved!

Thanks guys
#2
Quote by metalnoob89
Hey everyone, i've been playing guitar for about a year now and i currently only own a cheap Behringer.
I'm going to have a lot of spare time over summer and i wanted to do a project with either a fellow guitarist friend of mine or my grandfather who has his own workshop in his garage likes to do carpenty.

Just wondering what building an electric guitar would entail? I know just the emotional reward of a project would be amazing.

Would i need an professional to help me or would do-it yourself guides work? Do i need any specialist equipment when routing out the body? And what sort of cost? I would have a budget of up to 800 pounds. Would it be better just to buy a guitar or could i construct one that would last me a long time realistically? I'm not a hardcore player, but i like to jam everday just practicing.

Any comments would be warmly recieved!

Thanks guys

with money like that you could easily fund it. I would buy a guitar but thats just me. If I were a professional then I would use that money to build my dream guitar but at your skill level it might be a little over kill. (I'm not saying I'm better then you at building, I just started)
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#3
it really depends on what you want and how much work you want to do. You can get some nice body blanks from warmoth and a blank quilted maple top, cut it all out, sand it all down with some fine grit sand paper, and then paint the body.

Then you could get some neck and fret board blanks and cut all those out and finish them. And then you gotta route all of your cavities...


OR
it could be as simple as ordering a premade finished body, and a neck from warmoth, and attaching them together :P

it really just depends
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#4
Well, look into buying pre-cut bodies and/or premade necks(I recommend the latter especially).
#5
Just looking at warmoth now, hmm..

basically is it just a nice bit of wood hollowed out and the electronics fitted in, attached to the neck?
I guess i could always buy a neck and fit it to a custom body.. but ill browse warmoth see how i feel about it.

my budget is my student grant!
#7
£800 is a fair bit for building if you know where to look, warmoth is great but import taxes will cost you a bomb, check out ebay if you want to 'construct' a guitar from buying a body and a neck, if you want to build one check out these sites taken from one of the stickies, eveyone else has recomended us sites and i see you must be uk so here you go:



www.axesrus.com - Hardware sales etc.
http://dm-guitars.co.uk/luthier-supplies.htm Various woods for sale
http://www.luthierssupplies.co.uk/ Lots of stuff here
http://www.craft-supplies.co.uk/pdf...d_catalogue.pdf PDF catalogue for Craft supplies.co.uk, very good choice and price for an internet dealer.
http://www.smallwonder-music.co.uk/ Deserved a mention, excellent inlay materials sales. Also do custom inlays on demand.
http://www.manchesterguitartech.co.uk/lacquer.html Finishing supplies


also im sure somebody will tell you do buy this.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Make-Your-Own-Electric-Guitar/dp/0953104907

and for knowing whats involved check out the ormsby build videos on youtube, i think his youtube username is rhoads56
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